Dr. Som Naidu is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor Flexible Learning and Director, Center for Flexible Learning, at the University of the South Pacific. He has previously has served as Associate Professor (Learning Transformations) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Director of Teaching and Learning Quality Enhancement at Charles Sturt University, NSW Australia, and Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Multimedia Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Naidu possesses undergraduate qualifications in Education from the University of Waikato in New Zealand and graduate qualifications in Educational Technology from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has undertaken sabbaticals in the Institute for Learning Sciences in the Graduate School of Computer Sciences at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, in the Learning and Teaching Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Learning and Development Directorate at the University of London, United Kingdom, and in the Centre for Research, Innovation and Training in eLearning, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
A former president of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Dr. Naidu has served as executive editor of its journal Distance Education since 1997. In May 2014 the Open University of Sri Lanka awarded Dr. Naidu a D.Litt. (Honoris Causa), in recognition of his extensive contribution to the field of open, flexible, distance and e-learning both regionally and internationally.
Vision for ICDE:
I became aware of ICDE in the early 1980s, and have followed it and its work ever since. ICDE has always claimed to have an international focus and rightly so. But the world of distance education has gone through substantial change since in the 1980s. I would like to see ICDE reflect that change and show leadership in its adoption across the world. An important part of that is to work a lot more closely with the many regional organizations with goals and aspirations similar to those of ICDE. This will include building bridges and partnerships on many different fronts.